Line marking a sports field takes a lot of measuring, precision, walking, and patience. Depending on the paint used, you’d probably have to repaint the field every so often too. Bet that sounds like a fun time…

But what if we told you that a robot will let you use your time better? This is what we’ll be sharing with you today: the time you save by letting a robot mark sports fields for you.

Process of Marking a Sports Field

For simplicity, let’s use a soccer field as an explanation.

Before starting anything, you’d need to take measurements. You’ll need the dimensions of the:

  • Goal areas
  • Penalty areas
  • Goal posts
  • Centerfield

And when you have these dimensions, you need to make sure you know how wide each line needs to be. With soccer fields, you won’t need to worry about paint color but other sports might.

Once you have all the measurements, you need to get measuring tape so you can pinpoint each spot for the areas listed above. After pinpointing each section, you can begin painting. 

You likely won’t need to paint the field from the very start every single time; the field might need a little touch-up, or repaint, at most. However, it requires someone to keep an eye on the field as the season or school year progresses because of common wear-and-tear usage.

The Time it Takes to Manually Mark a Sports Field

The gist of marking a sports field is pretty much the same, regardless of the sport type. But the time it takes to mark a sports field varies heavily. 

Some sports –like American football– will take quite a bit of time compared to something like soccer. The type of league makes a difference as well; a professional field will take more time than a field for a middle school P.E. area.

In total, one person line marking a field with a manual line marker will take roughly 10 total hours of work. Of course, that can fluctuate. You may have a small field size to work with, which reduces the overall work time. With two people, you can cut that time in half. And even less time spent with more people. 

But the issue with that is that while you get the field painted quicker, you’d spend more on labor costs. Plus, depending on the crew size, it won’t be a project completed within one day. 

Time is money after all. And the crew most likely has other tasks to do beyond just line marking. If the weather isn’t favorable, that could cause work delays. All of those factors will contribute to the cost of manually marking a sports field. 

This is why letting a robot save you money and time is the best option.

Read: How much do field line markers cost?

The Time it Takes for a Robot to Mark a Sports Field

Let’s list how a robot saves time on getting a sports field marked:

  • Fewer materials
  • Quick setup
  • Pre-installed templates
  • “Set it and forget it”

Fewer material: Who enjoys having less heavy equipment to carry around all day? I know the crew would love it. And thanks to the help of a robot line marker, lighter-weight carrying is available to you. 

The TinyMobleRobot weighs in at 55 pounds without the need for the base station being present; much lighter than many manual painters out there. That means you’d primarily carry around the paint, measuring instruments, and other lawn tools. And the robot will keep running for five hours before needing a charge.

Quick setup: The TinyMobileRobot is designed with the user in mind. That means easy-to-understand setup and installation. And with features like low paint notifications, custom logo making, and the ability to queue your work (so when one task is done, the robot can move on to the next painting job).

That quick setup is paired with the fact that it can take this robot as fast as 20 minutes to line a field (depending on the field size/type). On a standard-sized field, it may take two hours.

Read: How this youth soccer organization uses a line marking robot

Auto-pilot: Once you program it to whatever field you’re working with, press start and let it run all on its own. The most you’d have to check up on is if you think the paint might run low soon. Otherwise, you let the machine do its thing while you do other tasks to make the day go much more smoothly and efficiently.

How it Works so Efficiently

One of the prime reasons why a line marking robot is so efficient in getting the job done is the user-friendly tech. When you connect the robot to your tablet or other devices, you can see that the app comes with pre-installed templates. That means you don’t have to draw out a map for the robot to follow; it’ll already know where to go. Of course, you can draw up a map if need be.

And you can trust that it’ll run accurately because of its other useful feature: GPS navigation. With it, you can trust that you get accurate line marking and no repeat painting. 

Even better, it doesn’t matter what the weather is looking like, the line-marking robot will still get the job done. It still operates in rain, shine, wind, and more with little concern for the condition of the terrain too.

What That Saved Time Means for You

All of these convenient, user-friendly features of a TinyMobileRobot equals more long-term savings of money. 

Read: how sports organizations can save money line marking sports fields

And the top three ways you’d save money include:

  • Fewer mistakes: Human error is very possible when the marking is done manually, meaning more redos and more material being used up. With the robot, that won’t be a concern anymore.
  • More efficient painting: The robot’s nozzle ensures the paint is applied firmly on the field so it’s bright and noticeable. And it dispenses just enough paint; no overpainting or underpainting.
  • Less labor: Since a robot is doing all the painting, the crew can use their work time to be productive in other parts of the field. This equals less labor time but faster-completed work.


All of this is great for sports organizations because that means they can get games started with fewer to no delays. 

Experience the convenience that a TinyMobileRobot will offer your sports organization today!